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Robert Silverberg


Up The Line
Year 1969
Publisher Sphere Books Limited
ISBN 0722178352



Time travel spelled problems for the couriers of the Time Service.  Shuttling backwards and forwards over the centuries they had to be wary of creating paradoxes - like meeting themselves watching the sack of Rome, or sleeping with their own ancestors.

Of course, it also gave them the chance to amass wealth by the discreet use of their prior knowledge.  The penalties were fierce and the Time Police implacable in their pursuit of lawbreakers.  But it was still worth taking the risk.

Jud Elliott took it when he met the marvellous transtemporal paradox called Pulcheria.  He couldn't resist her charms - the effects spanned generations, and set the Time Police on his trail!




Up The Line is one of the best time travel tales ever written, it's Robert Silverberg at his brilliant best.


Palm Island Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates



Credit: NASA

Palm Island Resort
Palm Island Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is featured in this image photographed by Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao from the International Space Station. The resort is under construction on reclaimed land silhouetted against the dark waters of Dubaiís Persian Gulf coast. Advertised as "being visible from the Moon," this man-made palm-shaped structure displays 17 huge fronds framed by a 12-kilometer protective barrier. When completed, the resort will sport 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, cinemas, and other facilities. When completed, the resort is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people.

NASA Image of the day archive





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